Here's some Dallas reaction to their 1-0 loss to Seattle tonight in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal:
Dallas coach SCHELLAS HYNDMANOn the difference makers in the game...) "Montero's goal was a great goal. We had quite a few chances in the first half. We were, I think, a little bit intimidated by the whole event. I think a lot of things weren't going our way and I think we just kind of got wrapped up. But it was a great goal by Montero."
On what factors were not going FC Dallas' way...) "I think we were losing a lot of possession. We weren't getting a lot of scoring opportunities. It seemed like a lot of calls were going against us. There was a lot of play going both ways, and I just didn't think we put enough pressure on them."
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On whether fatigue played a factor...) "I don't think our guys really had a problem with fitness, so I would hate to think that fatigue was an issue."
On his halftime changes and how that changed the game...) "We went into a 4-4-2. We felt like the game wasn't in the midfield; it was a bit chippy in the midfield, so what we wanted to do was get Marvin Chavez more into the attack. I thought he really livened up and created a lot of problems for [Zach] Scott. He hit the post when he went in one-on-one, and then he had a great chance to finish it there at the end of the game on pretty much an open goal. I thought that going into the 4-4-2 helped us get a little bit more balanced attack, which I think kept Seattle back a little bit more."
On Breck Shea leaving for the National Team...) "He's going to be gone during the time that we're going to be taking a break. We have Tigres coming in on Saturday and then we play the following Saturday. My understanding is that Breck will meet us in New England when we arrive there."
"It's an opportunity well-deserved. He's playing extremely well. I think he's one of the best left-sided midfielders in the country. Today, it just wasn't a real easy day to get your foot on the ball."
On what he told his team...) "I talked to the team and my thing was 'You know what, sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce right for you.' We had some scoring chances that we didn't convert on. I'm thinking the three games that we played against Seattle were all 1-0 games. This was a difficult game. It was a bit of a smaller field and a little bit more intimidating. [Century Link] Field, you've got 10 times more fans, but they're a bit more removed from you."
On whether the crowd was a factor, and his thoughts on the way the Open Cup is currently organized...) "I think the crowd is a great motivator. For me, this is one of the best events - the Lamar Hunt Open Cup - but I'd really like to see it into a structure where it's not a bid system. A bid system is where one team will buy the games because they're bidding higher. I think 20 years ago, the college game was the same thing. It could go to the higher seeds, instead of a bid system where you're spending money, or it could be pre-determined. I think that brings out all the fairness to the event."
On how his team feels after tonight...) "This is not the way we wanted to end the Open Cup, but we also are excited about having a week and a half off."
Dallas goalkeeper KEVIN HARTMAN On the difference maker tonight and his team's performance overall...) "One goal. I don't know. I thought the first half, we certainly had some issues, in terms of our defensive shape and competing for second balls. I thought some of the changes we made at halftime certainly put us in a position to tie up the game. I know Marvin hit the post once. There was a play toward the end of the game when somebody had a shot from maybe four or five yards out that was blocked and then Marvin had a follow-up. I think when we didn't see either one of those go in we kind of felt like it might not be our night. You've got to give credit to Seattle. They play really well on the turf, and they compete. It's not necessarily conducive to the type of game that we like to play. But we're a team that doesn't like to give up. We're a team that continues to compete. I thought even through the 93rd minute, we were really putting them under pressure. I think that we're a team that really has ambitions and wants to win championships and unfortunately tonight we just weren't able to get the result.
On what it means to the team to lose the Open Cup semifinal...) "We haven't had an opportunity to train in about two months. We've been playing a game every three days. I think that was the 16th game we've played in two months, so we're playing a game every two or three days. The extra 45 minutes in Toronto where they took away our goal and we had to start over again was another bit of adversity that we had to overcome. But I think that we keep things in perspective and hopefully the fans do as well. I think that we're in really good shape in terms of the Champions League right now. Certainly we would love to be in the championship game of the U.S. Open Cup, but we're in pretty good shape within league and now that we'll have an opportunity to kind of adjust and get Jeremy kind of situated in the right back spot. Zach [Loyd] might be coming back. And then you have George John, who's somebody who obviously had a weird week and get him slotted back in there, push [Andrew Jacobson] in the midfield so that we have so many guys who are competing for the second balls, which was obviously an issue in the first half."